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Game 17 – Warrior Wishes Come True At The Cardinals Game!

It’s been a crazy 10 days of making Warrior Wishes coke true! It all started last Thursday when my dad flew out to San Francisco to host warriors at the 49ers game.  

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From there he took a bus down the California coast to make warrior wishes come true at the Rams game Sunday.

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He got to take a little break in between thanks to cheap airfare back home to Chicago before taking a $36 flight to San Diego to show his appreciation to warriors at the Chargers game this past Thursday.

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After the game he bussed north to LA to catch another bus up the Coast to Oakland to make warrior wishes come true in the pouring rain at the Raiders game.  

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He slept over at a friends house after the game and was on an early morning flight to Phoenix this morning to make warrior wishes come true at the Cardinals game!

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This will be the 17th game of our 2016 “All32in17” mission!

Here are some of the unforgettable memories we have made in Arizona over the years.

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Upon arrival in the desert, my dad had a couple of hours to find his way to the stadium using public transportation & set up lunch at Dave & Busters as he was meeting the warriors at 1pm.

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Our guests today were a father & son team, and as you know, My dad & I love it when we host that combination for obvious reasons. Army Sgt Ben Gutierrez and his son Javy were going to experience their first ever Cardinals game together at University of Phoenix Stadium! SGT Gutierrez had been to a couple Cardinals  games in Dallas and Seattle, where he was stationed , but had never been to a game at the Cardinals home stadium.

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My dad enjoyed getting to know SGT Gutierrez over lunch thanks to Dave & Buster’s.  Javy, Ben’s son enjoyed the power card so he could play all the video games. 

Westgate Mall, next to the stadium always has a fun Tailgate Party before every game for the fans. Ben and Javy played a couple games of bags before the Cardinals kicked off against the Jets.

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As gametime got closer, the headed over to the stadium and took some cool pictures with both our New Era Caps and Chive Shirts.  

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My dad picked up the tickets thanks to the Cardinals & escorted the Warriors into the stadium before trying to get a cheap seat for himself.  As he looked to find a ticket, he ran into a friend from home who was on vacation in Arizona with his wife.  Neither of them had any idea each other were at the game, but when Nate, our friend, saw my dad he said “Of Course you are here,” knowing that we have been making warrior wishes come true at all 32 NFL stadiums each year for the past 4 year in a row.  

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My dad eventually found a ticket for $25 and made his way inside to meet up with SGT Gutierrez and his son.  They had great seats in the corner of the end zone where much of the action took place.  Most of the action was by the Cardinals and the “J-E-T-S , Jets,Jets,Jets” chants got quieter and quieter as game progressed.  The Cardinals dominated the entire game clobbering the Jets 28-3. David Johnson had a monster game leading the Cardinals to victory.  Needless the say, Ben & Javy had a great time experiencing their first ever game together!

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As my dad thanked Ben for his service one last time & said Goodbye, Ben mentioned he had a few guys at the VA in Tucson where he works, that he would like to nominate for our program.  We look forward to hosting and honoring his nominees at a future game!

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank the Arizona Cardinals & Estelle for providing the tickets, Dave & Busters for the delicious PreGame meal and New Era for the Cardinals Caps!  

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Most importantly, Thank you to to Sgt Ben Gutierrez for your service & sacrifices to our great country.  They are appreciated, have not gone unnoticed & will never be forgotten!  

My dad plans on sleeping at the airport tonight before he flys home in the morning.  He will have a few “Days off” to hang out with X & his new Grandaughter Q before bussing up north to Green Bay Thursday Morning to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Packers game. Stay tuned for more details!

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Game 18 – Warrior Wishes Come True In Arizona!

On Saturday night my Dad flew from Chicago to spend less than an hour in LA before driving south to San Diego, then spent less than 24 hours in San Diego making Warrior Wishes come true at the Chargers game before taking an overnight bus to Phoenix to do it all over again Monday night.  So if you’re keeping track, in the matter of 3 days he has been in Chicago, LA, San Diego & Phoenix!

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Today my dad was honored to host Army Sgt Michael Schwartz, Navy Warriors Jesse Tejeda & Dan Majures, as well as the Gold Star family of Army LTC Michael Warren. (Meet the Warriors below)
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My dad met up with the warren family for dinner before the game at McFadden’s in Glendale, just outside the stadium.
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McFadden’s Saloon is one of Glendale AZ’s premier sports bars.  It was a great place to get to learn about LTC Warren’s legacy & have a delicious meal with his wife & son.
Unfortunately Mike, Dan & Jesse got caught in traffic and were unable to make it to dinner.  So my dad met up with them just outside the stadium and escorted them inside.  
The Cardinals went above and beyond by providing tickets for the warriors.  
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After a few Cardinals mistakes late in the 4th quarter, the Ravens almost made an incredible comeback, but the cardinals held on for the win with a game saving interception in the end zone for the win!  It was a great way to end a great day.
My dad thanked the Warriors one last time for their service & sacrifices after the game and went directly to the airport to catch a red eye flight back to Chicago.  He will have another few “days off” for the second straight week before making his way to Atlanta & Carolina next weekend.
We would like to thank McFadden’s for providing a pregame meal, the Arizona Cardinals for providing tickets & New Era Cap for providing Cardinals caps for the Warriors.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
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We have now hosted warriors at 18 NFL games this season on our mission to honor heroes, keep legacies alive & provide once in a lifetime experiences at all 32 NFL stadiums in one season for our 4th consecutive year.  Follow the mission at www.warriorwishes.org

ARMY SGT MICHAEL SCHWARTZ

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Michael Schwartz was born in Phoenix and raised in Mesa for the first 21yrs of his life. He made the decision to join the Army back in 2001 and swore in on delayed entry on September 7, 2001. I was excited about my new career choice.  Just a few days later on  September 11, 2001, Michael knew there was a reason for his choice and that it was bigger than just him. He arrived to basic training on October 25, 2001 at FT. Knox and didn’t know the amount of craziness he was in for but says he would do it again in a heartbeat. 

After he graduated from basic training Michael was shipped over to FT. Bliss for his AIT and that is where he learned the basics of becoming a 14E, Patriot Missile Operator Maintainer. He completed a 6 month AIT training and received orders to Korea. Sgt Schwartz was stationed in Kunsan, Korea at Kunsan Air Base and that is where he spent the next 2 yrs of his career.  He was part of Echo Battery 3/43 and says it was one hell of a learning experience.

In 2004 and Schwartz was given orders to report to FT. Bliss again and was assigned to 5/52 HHB. That is where I spent the rest of his active duty career.

Michael joined the Arizona National Guard and learned how to become a 44C/36B, Financial Technician. He was part of the Guard from 2006 – 2012. During that time He was a part of many different missions and was also stationed on the border to assist the Border Patrol.

Sgt Schwartz is married to his wife, Amy, who he calls his rock & enjoys cheering on the Cardinals.  

ARMY LTC MICHAEL WARREN

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Lieutenant Colonel Michael Shaun Warren, age 51, died Wednesday April 29, 2015 after a long battle with cancer. LTC Warren is survived by his wife, Sheila, and five children Michael Warren, Jr., Jody Warren, Kevin Warren, Taylor Dennis, and Jackson Warren. Michael was a loving husband and adored father who enjoyed spending time with his family very much. LTC Warren was born July 24, 1963 in Phoenix, Arizona, the oldest of five sons born to Lillian Barbara (Rollins) Warren and Michael C. Warren. LTC Warren earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University in 2001, and a Master of Military Art and Science from the School of Advanced Military Studies in 2012. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, where he graduated as the Distinguished Honor Graduate, the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, the Infantry Captain’s Career Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Command and General Staff College, and the Advanced Military Studies Program at the School of Advanced Military Studies. LTC Warren has been on active duty since 2003. He retired from the Tempe Police Department as a Sergeant with over 20 years of service in 2005. LTC Warren deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. His military awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the Afghanistan and Iraq Campaign Medals, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Arizona Distinguished Service Medal. LTC Warren’s hobbies included reading historical novels (his favorite topic was World War II), attending sporting events (he cheered for ASU, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Arizona Diamondbacks), riding his motorcycle, and vacationing with his family. National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Shaun Warren died at the end of April at the age of 51. He left behind his wife of 20 years and 5 beautiful children ages ranging from 9-29. From the age of 7 Michael dreamed of being in the United States Military. Michael spent his entire adult life serving his community and our country. He spent 20 years as a Police Officer for the City of Tempe, and had the privilege of living his life’s dream of being an Officer in the Military, where he was the Commander of a battalion in the Army National Guard. Over the 20 years he spent in the Army, he served in 2 deployments abroad in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he served his country with bravery and dedication, where he received numerous awards, and most recently had a scholarship named after him. Michael battled cancer for 2 years, and during that time he never waivered in his responsibility to his soldiers or country. Even after numerous surgeries and hospitalizations, Michael continued to work from home, and from the hospital. He was courageous to the end, and was respected by everyone he came in contact with. Michael was an avid sports fan and loved football. He obtained season tickets as soon as the Cardinals came to AZ, and enjoyed watching and attending all of the games he was able to. LTC Warren & his family were huge sports fans, and supported all of their local teams.

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After Michael passed, his family was forced to give up thier season tickets. Just before he passed he taught his 9 year old son, Jackson, to play NFL Madden, which is one of Jackson’s favorite memories of his father. We are honored to get the Warren Family back to a Cardinals game in Michael’s honor to share his love for the game of football, cheering on his favorite team, the Arizona Cardinals.